By: Rihbany, Abraham Mitrie

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(viii), 74 pages; Clean and secure in original tan boards with green lettering. Abraham Mitrie Rihbany was an American theologian, philologist and historian of Greek Orthodox Lebanese descent. "In debt and nearly penniless on his arrival in New York, he went on to become a respected clergyman and nationally recognized community leader." His best-known book, The Syrian Christ (1916), was highly influential in its time in explaining the cultural background to some situations and modes of expression to be found in the Gospels. It is still cited in both Biblical Studies and Sociolinguistics. During the First World War, Rihbany began writing on political issues. His Militant America and Jesus Christ (1917) made a case for American involvement in liberating the homeland of Jesus from Ottoman rule. The following year he brought out America Save the Near East, which sold out three editions in twelve months. In it he advocated American trusteeship over an independent Greater Syrian federal republic. Rihbany believed that America stood alone in lacking imperial ambitious in the region and that the United States was uniquely equipped to reshape the region in a progressive fashion. It was due to this publication that he came to attend the Paris Peace Conference, 1919, where he became attached to the entourage of Emir Faisal, the leader of the Arab delegation, as a translator. A Greater Syrian state (the Kingdom of Syria) did briefly come into existence under Faisal before the French Mandate of Syria was imposed in 1920.


Author Name: Rihbany, Abraham Mitrie

Categories: History and Area Studies, Philosophy and Religion, Middle East Studies,

Edition: First Edition; First Printing

Publisher: Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company: 1917

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+

Size: 8vo

Seller ID: 42528

Keywords: Militant Christianity America's Role in Middle East Liberating the Holy Land Greater Syria Syrian Christ